NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 17, 2011

NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 17, 2011

1. New rule give some relief to nuclear suppliers :

New Delhi : The government has finalised rules for the implementation of the country’s new nuclear liability that aim to meet the concern of American nuclear suppliers wary of being exposed to unlimited liability in the event of a Fukushimatype accident involving any of their reactors. [The Hindu p1]

2. East Asia meet to have China tilt : NEW DELHI: China will be the

flavour of the East Asia summit -which the Americans want to see as the

primary political and military establishment in Asia -that is scheduled to

begin in Indonesia later this week.[HT p9]

3. Deter the Dragon: India to enter elite ICBM club in 3 months, 5,000km

Agni-V To Be Tested By February: New Delhi: The countdown has

begun. Within three months, India will gatecrash the super-exclusive ICBM

(inter-continental ballistic missile) club, largely the preserve of countries

like the US, Russia and China that brandish long-range strategic missiles

with strike ranges beyond 5,500km. [TOI p1]

4. Govt servers used to launch cyber attacks, Foreign Entities

Targeting China, Others: New Delhi: Investigators have unearthed a

new and deadly pattern of cyber attacks in which Indian government

servers have been used by foreign entities to target the computer

networks of third countries. [TOI p1]

5. Give names of top defaulters CIC tells RBI : New Delhi : The Central

Information Commission has directed RBI to reveal names and details of

the top 100 industrialists who have defaulted on loans from public sector

banks. The CIC rejected RBI’s argument that it held the information in

fiduciary capacity, and disclosing it would hurt India’s economic

interests.[IE p1]

6. Rs. 1-crore fine proposed for charging capitation fee : New Delhi : In

a bid to prevent educational institutions from demanding capitation fee for

admission, the government wants to double the proposed penalty to Rs. 1

crore.[The Hindu p1]

7. Govt clears decks for pension funds : NEW DELHI : The government is

NEW DELHI: The government is finally going ahead with the 26% foreign

direct investment in pension funds and setting up of a regulator for them.

The decision -too hot to be handled in the past because of the fierce

resistance from the Left -was taken by the cabinet on Wednesday.[HT p1]

8. Target 31 bills, priority lokpal: NEW DELHI: The government on

Wednesday said it was determined to get the highly-publicised anti-graft

lokpal bill during the winter session of parliament beginning on November

22.[HT p9]

9. Petrol Prices to be Revised Every 15 Days, Move to align rates with

global crude prices: NEW DELHI : State-run oil firms will revise petrol

prices every two weeks if domestic prices need to be aligned with

international levels, as they prepare to replace the opaque pricing

mechanism with a transparent and predictable system, top executives

said. [ET p1]

10. Petrol Price Cut Shows Govt in No Position to Take Tough Measures

: NEW DELHI : The decision to slash petrol price has once again

demonstrated the lack of elbow room for the Manmohan Singh

government to take politically tough economic measures. With crucial

state elections round the corner, the government will have to be more

attentive to the political and electoral needs of Congress. [ET p2]

11. US sacks 2 for frisking Kalam inside aircraft : NEW DELHI:US

authorities have sacked two officials of their transport security agency for

“exceeding their brief“ by subjecting former president APJ Abdul Kalam to

humiliation at New York’s JFK airport on September 29.[HT p1]

12. CAG will go ahead with controversial audits: Rai : New Delhi:

Undeterred by the Congress’s allegations of bias and the government’s

complaint that he had overstepped its brief, Comptroller and Auditor

General Vinod Rai on Tuesday signaled his intent to press ahead with

audits of controversial decisions when he told members of the joint

parliamentary committee (JPC) about the ongoing audit of the Ultra Mega

Power Projects (UMPP), S-Band spectrum and Padma awards. [TOI p1]

13. Pranab praises CAG work, gets Joshi’s backing : NEW DELHI:

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee complimented the role of the

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in setting up checks and balances

on the use of public resources and said the government plans to bring in

appropriate changes to give a greater role to the auditor and make it more

“effective.“[HT p8]

14. Joshi Rubbishes Charges over CAG Report on 2G : NEW DELHI :

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi on

Wednesday debunked charges that he had attempted to influence the

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the 2G spectrum report and

insisted that he never overstepped his brief. [ET p3]

15. ‘CAG ignored lowest loss figure of 5,388cr’ : New Delhi: Congress

feels lead 2G auditor R P Singh’s reservations on assessing revenue loss

strengthened its argument that the politically incendiary audit report was

“motivated” and opens the federal auditor to the charge of shielding some

corporates. [TOI p16]

16. Cabinet Okays Rs 16k-cr projects for highways : New Delhi : The

Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) on Wednesday approved 15

projects totalling 1,814 km of roads at an estimated cost of Rs 15,680

crore for highway construction. Among these, four are in Uttar Pradesh

alone, including one from Lucknow to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s

Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareilly.[Pioneer Daily p1]

17. Before winter session: All parties to meet today : NEW DELHI: Five

days before Parliament sits for its winter session, Lok Sabha Speaker

Meira Kumar has convened an all party meeting on Thursday. After large

part of two previous sessions (budget and monsoon) was lost due to

disruptions, Kumar aims to secure opposition’s cooperation for smooth

sailing of the upcoming session.[HT p8]

18. Maoists More Dangerous, Than Terrorists: Mamata, Youth Trinamool

to ‘raid’ Maoists dens; Suvendu Adhikary to lead campaign

19. KOLKATA : West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said that

Maoists were more dangerous than any terrorist outfits and held them

responsible for the Gyaneswari Express mishap which took place last

year. [ET p3]

20. No proof that 3 BJP MPs took bribe, says HC : New Delhi: Saying

there was no prima facie evidence to show that the three BJP MPs took

bribe, the Delhi high court on Wednesday granted them bail in the cashfor-

vote scam. It also gave relief to L K Advani’s former aide Sudheendra

Kulkarni, Sohail Hindustani and Sanjeev Saxena, all co-accused. [TOI


21. Army must have say in AFSPA row : Advani : Jammu : Pointing out

that the Army was being demonised in J-K, senior Bharatiya Janata Party

(BJP) leader L K Advani on Wednesday asked the UPA government to

reject any decision taken on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act

(AFSPA) without consulting the troops.[IE p8]

22. Yatra not an attempt to repackage myself, says Advani : Chandigarh

: Former Deputy Prime Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader

L K Advani said here on Wednesday that the Jan Chetna Yatra

undertaken by him was not an attempt to repackage himself and it had

nothing to do with L K Advani the BJP or the National Democratic Alliance

for that matter.[The Hindu p5]

23. Aruna Roy Not Happy with Redressal Bill : NEW DELHI : A section of

civil society, which includes National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy

and activist Nikhil Dey, has said that the government’s proposed

Grievance Redress Bill dilutes the idea of a single-window facilitation for

citizens. [ET p3]

24. 100 crore fine on Times Now is ‘disproportionate’, says Katju, Press

Council Chief Urges SC And Bombay HC To ‘Reconsider’ Their

Orders: New Delhi : Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju on

Wednesday urged the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court to

“reconsider” their orders that Times Now deposit Rs 100 crore (in cash

and bank guarantees) as a pre-condition for its appeal against a Pune

court’s verdict to be heard. [TOI p10]

25. Objected to way CBI recorded my statement : ADAG official to court :

New Delhi :Prosecution witness and Group president of the Reliance

ADAG A N Sethuraman on Wednesday told the special CBI court hearing

the 2G spectrum case that he was not satisfied with the way CBI had

recorded his statement in March.[IE p3]

26. CBI charges false, bid to destabilise Modi : Shah : New Delhi : Former

Gujarat minister of state for Home Amit Shah on Wednesday accused the

CBI of falsely implicating him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter

case in a bid to destabilize the Narendra Modi government.[IE p6]


further relief for BJP’s former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, the

Karnataka HC on Wednesday granted a conditional anticipatory bail to

him in two cases of alleged illegal denotification of government land.[HT


28. BJP leaders clash over seating arrangement on dais : Jammu :

Factionalism in the state unit of the BJP showed its effects on LK Advani’s

Jan Chetna Yatra in Jammu as some senior party leaders publicly

expressed resentment against their humiliation by the local

leadership.[The Tribune p6]

29. Won’t campaign in Bellary till ‘ good sign from BJP : BSY : Bangalore

: Despite virtually clearing all legal hurdles for his return to active politics,

former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will not lend a hand to

the BJP’s campaign in the crucial bypoll to the Bellary rural

constituency.[IE p4]

30. Hegde defends Lokayukta : BANGALORE: Former Karnataka

Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde on Wednesday lashed out at

politicians who questioned the relevance of the Lokayukta. “BJP

(Bharatiya Janata Party) leaders are campaigning against the Lokayukta

to weaken the impact of the illegal mining report,“ Hedge told media

persons here.[HT p13]

31. Goa Governor returns Lokayukta Bill : Panaji : Goa Governor K

Sankaranarayanan has referred back the Goa Lokayukta Bill, 2011 to the

government, raising some technical issues.[The Hindu p9]

32. Not a poll gimmick, says Mayawati : Lucknow : A day after her Cabinet

approved the division of Uttar Pradesh into four parts, Chief Minister

Mayawati sought on Wednesday to dispel the criticism that the decision

was made with an eye on the Assembly elections.[The Hindu p1]

33. Talks still on, Cong 3rd list keeps off Ajit turf : New Delhi : The

Congress is treading cautiously to avoid upsetting its negotiations with

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh, who has expressed unease over

“slow progress in pre-poll tie-up” for the forthcoming Assembly elections in

Uttar Pradesh.[IE p6]

34. Stumped by Maya, Congress Asks Why Talk of UP’s Division Now,

Hopes BJP’s no-trust motion will stop UP assembly from passing

resolution for division of state: NEW DELHI : Faced with Mayawati’s

poll-eve googly to break up Uttar Pradesh into four smaller states,

Congress seems to be banking on the plans of the Samajwadi Party and

BJP to bring a no-confidence motion against the BSP government to

wriggle out of the politically untenable situation. [ET p2]

35. BJP ropes in Vajpayee for Atal Charishma in UP : Azamgarh : Former

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is back in BJP’s campaign. the party

has clearly fallen back on its tallest Brahmin leader, Vajpayee, to take the

fizz out of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s hold back Brahmin

exercise.[Pioneer Daily p7]

36. Criminal Cases Filed Against Jitin, RPN for Phulpur Assault :

LUCKNOW : The UP Police has registered criminal cases against Union

minister of state for surface transport Jitin Prasad and minister of state for

petroleum RPN Singh for assaulting Samajwadi Party workers during

Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Phulpur. [ET p2]

37. Maya hits back : Centre wants to stall UP division :Lucknow :

Rejecting the Congress suggestion for setting up a states reorganisation

panel, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday said the

party wanted to create confusion and stall the division of UP into four

states, like it had done with Telangana.[IE p3]

38. Cabinet clears way for 48 more castes in OBC list : New Delhi : The

Cabinet on Wednesday approved a national panel’s recommendation for

amending the Central list of OBCs, paving the way for inclusion of more

than four dozen more castes in about 20 states and Union Territories.[IE


39. Mulayam seeks clear majority in UP : Etah (Uttar Pradesh): Making

what could perhaps be his last chief ministerial bid, Mulayam Singh Yadav

sought a farewell gift from his supporters: A clear majority for the

Samajwadi Party in the coming UP polls. [TOI p12]

40. Silent on UP Division, BJP plans no trust motion : Lucknow : Rattled

by UP chief minister Mayawati’s proposal to divide the state into four, the

BJP has decided to move a no-confidence motion against the

government. The BJP move may help it deflect attention from its studied

silence after Mayawati announced her plan on Tuesday. The party is yet

to state the stand it would take when Mayawati decides to table the

proposal in the assembly.[HT p9]

41. Gehlot Takes Care of Caste And Community Equations While

Inducting 6 Ministers : JAIPUR : Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot

has inducted six ministers, dropped five and promoted minister of state for

information and public relations Ashok Bairwa to cabinet rank in a cabinet

reshuffle on Wednesday. [ET p2]

42. BJP jumps into illegal colony row, cries scam : New Delhi: Blaming

the Congress-led Delhi government for handing out provisional

regularisation certificates to unauthorized colonies, the BJP has alleged

that the state has granted such a certificate to Ganga Colony near DND

flyover in south Delhi. [TOI p9]

43. MCD trifurcation awaiting Law Minister’s nod: Sheila : New Delhi :

The process of trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has

moved a step forward with the Union Law Secretary and concerned Joint

Secretary clearing the file and the Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid

expected to go through it anytime soon, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit

said here on Wednesday.[The Hindu p4]

44. Circle rate hike applicable from today : NEW DELHI: Registering your

property will soon become a costly affair, with the Delhi government

notifying the hike in the circle rates up to 250%.[HT p3]


45. Lawyer gets tipsy client to sign 10cr will, Court Orders Criminal

Action: New Delhi: A lawyer, who allegedly got his client to sign a will

bequeathing a 800-square-yard property in Green Park in his name under

the influence of liquor, found himself in the dock for alleged fraud. The

property is worth Rs 10 crore. [TOI p5]

46. 7 accused in Malegaon case freed: Mumbai: Seven persons walked out

of two Mumbai jails on Wednesday evening after having spent five years

in the dark, dingy cells. Free for now, the seven were greeted with hugs,

tears, smiles and sweets, as the wait finally ended for the them as well as

the dozens of people who had lined up to meet them outside the prison

gates. [TOI p12]


47. All teams have fixed games: Ex-ICC cop : London: The former chief of

cricket’s anti-corruption wing, Paul Condon, has opened a Pandora’s box

by claiming that all of the game’s top nations have been involved in match

fixing at some point or the other. [TOI p1]


48. US does not fear China, says Obama, US Widens Military Ties With

Oz, Beijing Bristles: Canberra: President Barack Obama insisted on

Wednesday that the United States does not fear China, even as he

announced a new security agreement with Australia that is widely viewed

as a response to Beijing’s growing aggressiveness. [TOI p20]

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